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May 31, 2018 Update – DHS Announces Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Preparedness Grants  WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen today announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on funding for programs that address our nation’s immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities. Further information on DHS’s preparedness grant programs is available at www.dhs.gov and http://www.fema.gov/grants. NFG 5/31/2018

May 25, 2018 Update – Extension disaster work cuts across four programs areas−Agriculture & Natural Resources, Family & Consumer Sciences, Community Resource and Economic Development, and 4-H/Youth Development. In an effort to increase effectiveness in reporting extension, research, and education related to disaster engagement, a new Knowledge Area (KA) for Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery has been approved by USDA NIFA and will be in the new USDA Plan of Work this fall. You will have the opportunity to report most disaster work under one KA. This will result in improvement in reporting outcomes and demonstrating the utmost public value of this work. Some current projects in the Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grant Program have already been reclassified by NIFA staff under this new KA. For more information see the pdf: 807-New-Knowledge-Area-KA     NFG

FLOOD ZONES – Research, done by scientists at the University of Bristol in the U.K., The Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — also looked at projected population and housing trends in the U.S. to map future flood risk. More than 13 percent of the U.S. population currently resides in the 100-year flood plain, but that number could rise to 15.8 percent by 2050 and 16.8 percent by 2100, the study found. Communities in South Dakota, Nebraska, and New Mexico could see a five-fold increase in flood exposure by 2100. Florida and Texas’s flood risk could triple or quadruple. Scientists warn, however, that these projections do not take into account climate change and its impacts, such as sea level rise and heavier precipitation events, which they said could put even more Americans at risk of flooding. Residents are under-insured even for the FEMA estimate of risk.  And while the NFIP is a national program, 58% of the policies are in just three states. Of the 5 million National Flood Insurance Policies in force in the United State (as of Dec 31, 2017). Data are presented by state and by county, and include residential and non-residential policies: 1.8 million are in Florida, 664 K in Texas, 498 K in Louisiana, NJ, CA and SC are in the 200’s. Click here to see how many YOUR state has, premium paid, and the value of the coverage.

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NFG 5/31/2018